Edison Marshall

Edison Tesla Marshall (August 28, 1894 – October 29, 1967) was an American short story writer and novelist.


Marshall was born on August 28, 1894 in Rensselaer, Indiana. He grew up in Medford, Oregon, and attended the University of Oregon from 1913 to 1916. He served in the U.S. Army with the rank of second lieutenant. His 1917 World War I draft registration card indicated he was a "professional writer" employed by The American Magazine and The Saturday Evening Post, and that he was missing his thumb on his left hand.[1] He married Agnes Sharp Flythe; they had two children, Edison and Nancy.[2] In 1926, they moved to Augusta, Georgia.[3] Marshall mainly wrote historical fiction. He also wrote some science fiction about lost civilizations.[4]

For some of his work, he used the pseudonym Hall Hunter.[5][2]

His novel Benjamin Blake was adapted into a film in 1942, Son of Fury, starring Tyrone Power. Yankee Pasha-The Adventures of Jason Starbuck was adapted into the film Yankee Pasha, starring Jeff Chandler and Mamie Van Doren in 1954, as was The Vikings, starring Kirk Douglas, in 1958.[6][7][8][9][10]

He held the Gold Cross, Order of Merit from the University of Miami.[11]

A life-long hunter, he stalked big game in Canada, Alaska, Africa, Indo-China, and India.[4] A high school hunting accident cost him his thumb. He described his hunting experiences in The Heart of the Hunter, copyrighted in 1956.

He died on October 29, 1967, in Augusta, Georgia.



  • The Voice of the Pack. Little, Brown, and Company. 1920.
  • The Snowshoe Trail. A. L. Burt. 1921.
  • The Strength of the Pines. Little, Brown. 1921.
  • Shepherds of the Wild. Little, Brown and Company. 1922. (reprinted 1950 as Riders of the Smoky Land)
  • The Skyline of Spruce. Little, Brown, and company. 1922.
  • The Land of Forgotten Men. A. L. Burt. 1923. (reprinted 1972 as The Lost Land)
  • Seward's Folly. Little, Brown and Company. 1924.
  • Ogden's Strange Story. H. C. Kinsey & Company, Inc. 1934.
  • Dian of the Lost Land. H. C. Kinsey & Company, Inc. 1935.
  • The Doctor of Lonesome River. Triangle Books. 1938.
  • Benjamin Blake. Farrar, Straus. 1941.
  • Great Smith. Farrar & Rinehart. 1943.
  • Yankee Pasha-The Adventures of Jason Starbuck. Farrar, Straus. 1947.
  • Gypsy Sixpence. Farrar, Straus. 1949.
  • The Upstart. Dell. 1950.
  • The Infinite Woman. Farrar, Straus. 1950.
  • Castle in the Swamp. Farrar, Straus. 1948.
  • The Viking. Farrar, Straus, and Young. 1951.
  • Caravan to Xanadu: a Novel of Marco Polo. Farrar, Straus and Young. 1951.
  • Bengal Tiger: a Tale of India. Doubleday. 1952.
  • American Captain. Farrar, Straus & Young. 1954.
  • The Gentleman. Farrar, Straus & Cudahy. 1956.
  • The Pagan King. Doubleday. 1959.
  • Earth Giant. Doubleday. 1960.
  • West with the Vikings. Doubleday. 1961.
  • The Conqueror. Doubleday. 1962.
  • Cortez and Marina. Doubleday. 1963.
  • The Lost Colony. Doubleday. 1964.

He had also worked on Parole, Inc. (1948), a film noir, as a dialog director.



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  3. "Edison Marshall Biography". BookRags.com. Retrieved 2014-06-03.
  4. "Authors : Marshall, Edison : SFE : Science Fiction Encyclopedia". Sf-encyclopedia.com. Retrieved 1 January 2018.
  5. Bleiler, Everett F. (1990). Edison Tesla Marshall in the ''Science Fiction: The Early Years''. Kent State University Press, Ohio. Retrieved 2014-06-03.
  6. "A Movie Review by David L. Vineyard". Mysteryfile.com. 2010-02-12. Retrieved 2014-06-03.
  7. Edison Marshall. "Yankee Pasha-The Adventures of Jason Starbuck by Edison Marshall". Goodreads.com. Retrieved 2014-06-03.
  8. "Edison Marshall Books". Shakariconnection.com. 2014-05-24. Retrieved 2014-06-03.
  9. "Edison Marshall (1894-1967)". Oregonencyclopedia.org. Retrieved 2014-06-03.
  10. "Edison Marshall". Fandango.com. Retrieved 2014-06-03.
  11. "Edison Marshall papers, 1956-1963 by Rudo Kemper at the University of Miami Special Collections". Proust.library.miami.edu. 1967-10-30. Retrieved 2014-06-03.
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